The 74 Million: 4 D.C. Families Faced Homelessness, Language Barriers & Limited Special Education Services During Spring’s Virtual Learning. They’re Waiting — and Hoping — for a Smoother Fall
September 13, 2020
Like many DC parents, our client Ms. Eury has mixed feelings about virtual learning this fall, especially as the mother of 10-year-old twins with autism and asthma. Taylor Swaak of The 74 Million reports that a lack of devices and unfulfilled IEPs for students with disabilities remain serious challenges -- including for Ms. Eury's family.
September 8, 2020
As students return to school, many children with special needs will be left behind by virtual learning. Children's Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow spoke with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza about the importance for schools to prioritize special education students so they don't miss critical developmental milestones.
September 6, 2020
“Raising my grandsons brings so much joy to my life,” says Mr. Waters, one of the many grandparent caregivers Children’s Law Center works with every day.
September 1, 2020
Thanks to the generosity of our Children Can’t Wait Fund campaign co-chairs Diana and Stephen Goldberg, we distributed summer activity kits and devices to more than 350 DC children. The activity kits, compiled in partnership with DC-based Child’s Play Toys & Books, were individually curated to match the ages and interests of each child. Kits containing everything from books, arts and crafts, and science experiments to jump ropes and robotic toys ensured that children could continue to learn – and have fun! – even in the absence of summer camps and daycares.
August 27, 2020
In a “typical” school year, too many DC children and families shoulder the combined burden of racism, poverty, and trauma. They face challenges ranging from lack of access to quality education, unsafe transportation, over-disciplining, food insecurity, and instabilities in housing. But this is no typical school year, and children living in poverty are bearing the brunt of ongoing public health crisis.
The Washington Post: D.C. had a summer to connect with students and close the digital divide. Did it?
August 24, 2020
With a week left until an all-virtual start to DC's academic year, Children's Law Center has heard from many District families who do yet have the technology or technical support their children need to participate in distance learning. Ensuring that children are able to access their lessons and successfully participate in school is critical. That's why CLC client Donna Black spoke with Perry Stein of the Washington Post to share her family's experience and frustrations with the digital divide.
August 18, 2020
Accessing health care has been a longstanding challenge for the 1 in 2 DC children who rely on Medicaid. The pandemic made it even harder – but it also created an opportunity to expand access through telemedicine. Children’s Law Center wanted to learn more about how telemedicine was working and what lessons we could learn for post-pandemic health care. To inform our thinking, we gathered some of the brightest minds for a community conversation.
August 4, 2020
It is my honor to share some great news with you. Children’s Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow has been awarded the American Bar Association’s 2020 John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award.
August 4, 2020
In Children’s Law Center’s third community conversation, we discuss how the District pivoted toward telehealth. We examine what practices and policies made it possible, how is it working, and what lessons have we learned. Featuring: Melisa Byrd (Department of Health Care Finance), and Karen M. Dale (AmeriHealth Caritas DC), Sharra Greer (Children’s Law Center), and Judith Sandalow (Children’s Law Center).
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